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Regents to discuss UAA athletics, budget and end-of-year housekeeping

Fairbanks--The University of Alaska Board of Regents are set to meet
at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Thursday, June 6, through
Friday, June 7, 2013. The June meeting is stacked with a full agenda
of items as the board wraps up business for the fiscal year before a
short summer break. A special meeting of the full board has also been
called for the evening of Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in the Butrovich
building.
Wednesday’s meeting has been called to address the university budget
and ongoing University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) athletics issues. The
meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. and is open to the public.
Thursday, June 6, the full board tackles a busy agenda with the
presentation of the Staff Makes Students Count Award. The Staff Make
Students Count Award, established in the spring of 1999, recognizes
university staff that has provided outstanding service to students
anywhere in the UA system, including rural campuses and extended
sites.
Ongoing facilities discussions will include: the sale of the Diplomacy
building on the UAA campus and plans to take the proceeds of the sale
to help offset the purchase of the Bragaw Office Building. The board
also hopes to use proceeds from the sale of the Bill Ray Center on the
University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Juneau campus towards Phase 2 of
the UAS freshman residence hall construction.
In other business, the University of Alaska (UA) Facilities and Land
Management office received a competitive offer to purchase timber from
the university at Edna Bay, Kosciusko Island. Approval of 2013 Edna
Bay Timber Development and Disposal Plan would authorize University of
Alaska Land Management to respond to the current offer for timber
harvesting and enter into a contract.
The UAF faculty, staff and students will give a presentation on
extension and outreach activities. Presentation topics will include
research, space grant, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and
the Cooperative Extension Service.
UA President Gamble and Associate Vice President Michelle Rizk will
discuss the legislative appropriations and propose a FY14 operating
and capital budget distribution plan for board approval.
The board will also discuss approval of FY14 budgets presented from
student governments and the natural resources fund.
Regents will discuss approval to modify the existing art acquisition
endowment for the University of Alaska Museum of the North. The museum
would like to have the option to use the earnings from the art
acquisition endowment to also maintain and care for existing art
collections.
Regents will close out the day with discussions on authorization to
sign a rescission agreement with Alaska Pacific University to rescind
certain land restrictions established in 1998 and to join Alaska
Pacific University’s motion to rescind. The board will also discuss
approval to add an additional member to the board of directors for
Seawolf Holdings, LLC.
Friday, June 7, the full board will begin the day with public
testimony at 9:00 a.m. followed by presentations from each chancellor
on Strategic Direction Initiatives (SDI). Consultant Terry McTaggert
will lead a discussion for the board on SDI.
Approval for revisions to regents’ policy on a name change to the UAF
Council Board of Visitors and proposed edits to the senior citizen
tuition waiver will also be before the board.
Other agenda and action items include: approval of FY15 operating and
capital budget development guidelines; approval of a bachelor of arts
in secondary education at UAF and a master of science in mechanical
engineering at UAA.
The board will consider the approval of the deletion of an
undergraduate certificate in practical nursing, an undergraduate
certificate in industrial welding technology, and an undergraduate
certificate in nondestructive testing technology at UAA.
The board committee on facilities and land management will consider
approval of an amendment to the campus master plan and formal project
approval for the UAF campuswide solar array installation; a project
change request for the UAS freshman residence hall, phases 1 and 2;
and a schematic design approval request for the UAF antenna
installation Alaska Satellite Facility AS311.
Associate Vice President Saichi Oba will facilitate a discussion on
tuition setting at the University of Alaska including a review of
regents’ policy and examples of guiding principles from other
university systems and colleges.
The board and executive staff will depart Friday afternoon to the
Fairbanks International Airport to attend a presentation and reception
by ERA Alaska.
The full board is scheduled to hear public testimony at 10:00 a.m. on
Thursday, June 6, and at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 7. Comments are
limited to three minutes per individual. Written comments are accepted
and will be distributed to the Board of Regents and President Pat
Gamble by the Board of Regents’ Officer following the meeting.

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